This morning, I investigated my little garden and discovered that my tomatoes are officially in bloom:
EDIT: it's a bad guy! See the comments section.
My tomatoes are looking happy. Which makes me happy. I need to get some cages around these things pretty soon.
For comparison, here they are a couple of days after planting, on April 2nd. I got them in the ground kind of late; hopefully I'll get a good crop of tomatoes before it gets too hot.
And my basil is sprouting! I left the seed packet out in the rain and the seeds got moldy, so I wasn't sure if they would sprout. But it looks like almost all have sprouted (I planted the basil in pots). By the way, I ordered my seeds from this company: www.rareseeds.com and I would highly recommend them. They sell only heirloom seeds, no hybrids or genetically modified stuff. Their customer service was great and shipping was super fast.
I also have a bed of yellow bell peppers and jalapenos, which are looking great except for one plant which may or may not make it. I still need to plant my okra and purple-hulled cowpeas. It's getting pretty late to be planting things, but supposedly okra and cowpeas love the heat, so perhaps they will be okay.
On another "green" note, happy Earth Day. :) I'm not sure how I feel about Earth Day. On the one hand, I think it's wise to take a moment to thank the Lord for the resources He has blessed us with, and to think about how we can use those resources most wisely, and not be wasteful.
On the other hand, I know that a lot of people associate Earth Day with the more radical environmentalists--the sort who talk about Gaia and Mother Nature, and view humans as parasites on the earth. And the people in Washington making a big hoopla about Earth Day, and advocating for environmental issues on a regular basis, are often the same people advocating for abortion rights and gay rights.
But I worry that many Christians reject the "green" movement entirely because of those associated with it; when really, environmental issues are something that we ought to be concerned with for Biblical reasons. Here's an excerpt of a statement by the Southern Baptist Convention about environmental issues. Obligatory disclaimer: I don't support or agree with everything the SBC says or does. I just thought the points listed below were well said.
If you visit the site, skip down to section 3, though I thought section 2, about the science behind climate change, was also pretty good.
- We must care about environmental and climate issues because of our love for God...through whom and for whom the creation was made. This is not our world, it is God’s. Therefore, any damage we do to this world is an offense against God Himself (Gen. 1; Ps. 24; Col. 1:16).
- We must care about environmental issues because of our commitment to God’s Holy and inerrant Word...Within these Scriptures we are reminded that when God made mankind, He commissioned us to exercise stewardship over the earth and its creatures (Gen. 1:26-28). Therefore, our motivation for facing failures to exercise proper stewardship is not primarily political, social or economic—it is primarily biblical.
- We must care about environmental and climate issues because we are called to love our neighbors, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us and to protect and care for the “least of these” (Mt. 22:34-40; Mt. 7:12; Mt. 25:31-46). The consequences of these problems will most likely hit the poor the hardest, in part because those areas likely to be significantly affected are in the world’s poorest regions. Poor nations and individuals have fewer resources available to cope with major challenges and threats. Therefore, “we should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy … [and] the helpless”... through proper stewardship.
Another thing that we as Christians ought to have in common with the "environmentalist" movement is the rejection of materialism and consumerism--the "buy more stuff" mentality that seems so prevalent in our culture. Matthew 6:24-34
Anyway, I might be in the minority here with my wacky "green" ideas, but it's my blog, not yours, and y'all think I'm nuts anyway, right?
Seems like I haven't been getting as many blog comments lately, though the conversation about women's dress continues behind the scenes. Please feel free to comment even if--or dare I say, especially if--you disagree with me. :)